Polaris 18 will feature at least four elite competitors battling it out in the gi as part of a stacked fight card. First up is a veteran of the Polaris mats, the Welshman Bryn Jenkins. He wasn’t able to get the win last time he competed at Polaris Squads 2 and was submitted by Tommy Langaker before being forced to withdraw from the team event halfway through due to suffering an injury. Interestingly, his opponent was on the opposing team at that very same event, as Leon Larman was representing Team Europe at the time.
Larman fared much better however as he managed to earn one of eight submission victories of the night with a bow and arrow choke against Tyrone Elliot. Now, the two will get the chance to make an impression on the crowd in what is sure to be one of the most exciting matches of the night. Additionally, the man who submitted Jenkins at Polaris Squads 2 will also be making his return, as Tommy Langaker takes on Igor Tanabe.
Langaker is undefeated on the Polaris mats and is regarded as one of the most exciting and fast-paced competitors in the gi, while Tanabe is starting to earn a similar reputation himself. Tanabe is only 21 years old but has managed to earn the title of All-Japan gi and no gi champion this year and has yet to be defeated since being awarded his black belt back in May 2020. If anyone is capable of putting his phenomenal win-streak to an end, it’s surely one of Europe’s top competitors; Tommy Langaker.